Yesterday, former BBC Man Martin Belam wrote about the Daily Mail’s distortion of an NSPCC report. Having then commented on the story on their website, he got quite a shock:
This is what they published:
If you actually read the report ChildLine issued, it does not say that suicidal five year olds called ChildLine. It says that there were 42 phone calls by children between the ages of 5 AND 11. The other 96% of suicidal calls were by children 12 and over – which whilst it is still very sad.
– Martin Belam, Salzburg, Austria
Sadly, I appear to trail off mid-sentence. What I actually submitted was:
The other 96% of suicidal calls were by children 12 and over – which whilst it is still very sad is nowhere near the picture of suicidal 5 year olds portrayed in this article.
For some reason, the last part of my sentence, criticising the Daily Mail’s reporting, didn’t make it through the pre-moderation of comments on the site.